[Samba] Named Pipe

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at pcug.org.au
Fri Feb 1 21:14:03 GMT 2002

Markus Wenke wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I try to port a Windows-Server-Application to Linux (without GUI).
> The Windows-Application can be administrate via "NamedPipe" over
> network (\\servername\pipe\<pipename>) with a Client.
> I want that the Linux-Application can be administrate via NamedPipe,too.
> without changes in the Client.
> Is it possible with samba, or something other?

This is somthing that has been the pet aim of Luke Leighton.  So much so
that he forked samba for your benifit :-).  (Ok, there is *much* more to
it than that - but samba-tng.org claims to provide a very easy way for
named-pipe users to plug into NT Named Pipes.)  

Becouse of the work involved in maintaining a seperate version of Samba
on incresingly small amounts of time, there has been a great deal of
interest in enabling some form of 'plugablity' in Samba 3.0 - so that
application developers like yourself can make a loadable module and
'plug in' to the NamedPipes services that Samba provides.  (This implies
your application is GPL-compatible).

The final touch that the Samba-TNG guys want to see is a 'glue pipes'
module that allows you to create an independent deamon and have Samba
call you over a domain socket.

I would suggest that look at how Samba-TNG works, and follow Samba 3.0's
developments in this area.  Depending on your target market, a
dependency on Samba-TNG may or may not be an issue.  

Andrew Bartlett

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